Collecting Data

Working as an accountant requires a variety of hard and soft skills. The greater the number of skills you develop, the quicker you will advance in your career. Here are six of the top soft skills needed to succeed as an accountant. 

Communication Skills

You need to present complex information in a manner that colleagues, employees in other departments and clients can understand. Also, you must be able to clearly present your information to individuals or groups in person, through email or over the phone. 

Organization Skills

You need to focus on various clients’ data, participate in meetings and prioritize your work responsibilities. You also have to keep track of the transactions you handle, portfolios you manage and deadlines you must meet. In addition, you need to ensure the accuracy of your work and be able to handle issues as they arise.  

Detail-Oriented

You must focus on the figures in all documents you create to ensure the information is accurate, as inaccurate figures may result in penalties or fraudulent transactions. When examining your and others’ work, you need be on the lookout for mistakes, determine why they were made and correct the issues.

Analytical Thinking

You may work at minimizing a client’s tax liability by breaking down their finances. You might look at a client’s data to determine whether funds are being properly used. In addition, beyond the scope of accounting best practices, you have to evaluate financial information within the company’s context, strategy and culture.

Ethical and Transparent

Transparency is key in the accounting world. For example, you must always display honesty and integrity so clients know they can trust you. Also, you need to adhere to the highest ethical standards at all times so clients know you’re looking out for their best interests. In addition, you must clearly answer questions that arise in relation to how you determined your final results. 

Proficiency with Systems, Software and Tools

You need to use multiple programs to manipulate, extract and analyze data to gain a complete picture of a client’s financial situation. For example, an accounting clerk may use QuickBooks, a bookkeeper may use Excel and an auditor may use data modelling programs in their line of work. Specialization in a specific application or type of system will set you apart from the competition and help you advance in your career.   

For assistance advancing your accounting career, contact the team at MFA Talent Management.